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5/11/2010 3:07:00 PM
Letter: Louisiana visitors plan to return

(Editor's note: The following letter was sent to the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce's website.)

To whom it may concern:

Last summer my wife and I took our family of five on a trip to the Grand Canyon. Upon an Internet search and a hunch, we decided on Williams as our base camp. We did many excursions to the surrounding attractions but the memories we have of breakfast every morning at Pine Country Restaurant, dinner at Rod's Steak House, drinks at Wild West Junction, and '50s style ice cream at Twisters are ones we will never forget.

We tell other families constantly of the slice of Americana still alive in Williams, Arizona. People still nod at each other in passing. Men still wear a gun on their hip. The train still runs.

On an excursion over to Prescott a policeman even gave a speeding tourist a break while passing through Chino. To top the trip off, before catching a flight home to New Orleans from Phoenix, we caught a foul ball at a Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers game. The trip was fun and wholesome for kids 7, 5, and 3 years of age.

The bottom line is that Arizona is a great state with great people who know what it is supposed to mean to be an American. It is in Arizona that we felt the freedom in your wide-open spaces and the American hospitality and genuineness in your towns along Route 66. My family will not boycott and will only promote the great experiences that we had. We have a friend that has already booked a trip to your state and my mother and father have decided that their vacation this year will include the Grand Canyon via Williams, Ariz.

Johnny and Christine Blancher

New Orleans, La.

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